Game Thread SEEDING GAME# 2: BLAZERS @ CELTICS - AUGUST 2, 2020 - SUNDAY, 12:30, ABC & NBCSNW

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On a scale of 1-10, what's your excitement level for this Blazers season restart?

Poll closed Aug 3, 2020.
  1. 10 - Extremely excited

    34.7%
  2. 9

    8.2%
  3. 8

    30.6%
  4. 7

    4.1%
  5. 6

    6.1%
  6. 5

    2.0%
  7. 4

    2.0%
  8. 3

    6.1%
  9. 2

    2.0%
  10. 1 - Not excited at all

    4.1%
  1. A$AP Meyers

    A$AP Meyers Well-Known Member

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    FWIW 538 has Memphis 33% , NOP 32%, and Portland 25% to make playoffs. Spurs considered a non factor at 5%. They’re a pretty mediocre team and their schedule is a lot tougher than Mem and NOP.

    Obviously these models are a crapshoot. I think I’d have my odds roughly the same, but I think we have a better shot than New Orleans though. That’s a bad basketball team. A bunch of one on one and their defense is even worse than ours. They look completely disinterested in guarding outside of Jrue (who is a DOG), and Lonzo who guards pretty well. At least we play defense with effort. Had some unfortunate bounces today and Boston hit some tough shots. They do have the benefit of an extremely weak schedule though. I don’t know what all went into making the schedule but man if it didn’t seem like the NBA wants Zion in the playoffs, lol ...

    A win today would have been humongous. We need to beat Houston, and I think we can.
     
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  2. illmatic99

    illmatic99 formerly yuyuza1

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    Is there anyway we can get our hands on Jaylen Brown?

    He's is quite literally the best fit we can ever imagine as our SFotF. I know he signed a massive 4yr, 115 million contract at the start of this season, but they're gonna max Tatum and already have Kemba and Hayward on their books. They'd obviously choose Brown over Hayward, but one can dream.
     
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  3. AldoTrapani

    AldoTrapani Well-Known Member

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    Damn fam you got me on alert ! Lol
     
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  4. UKRAINEFAN

    UKRAINEFAN Well-Known Member

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    After thinking it over, maybe not. If they surprise Boston, maybe somebody fouls Nurk as he goes up for the basket. But I'm sure Stevens knows that Terry goes for two a lot in that situation so they are probably not surprised.
     
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    KSF-ERIC Well-Known Member

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    Pels playing teams from Top 22 that were on their schedule. Same as us.
     
  6. A$AP Meyers

    A$AP Meyers Well-Known Member

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    I didn’t think every team was going to be able to play enough games with that method. Aren’t there a couple fill ins?
     
  7. UKRAINEFAN

    UKRAINEFAN Well-Known Member

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    I know you aren't thinking he gets screwed and neither am I but I think there is something going on when he is in there. The offense becomes simplified. He sets good solid screens (at least today) and Dame looks for his shot first, if there is too much attention, then CJ or Trent should be open and he tosses to them for threes.
     
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    UKRAINEFAN Well-Known Member

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    That makes more sense; because if they were looking for the two, they would have done it quicker.
     
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    handiman Well-Known Member

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    I've always felt he should be the star of that team, but he doesn't seem fully engaged all the time. He's got a bit of that Batum complimentary mindset, but in a much more explosive package.
     
  10. Tince

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    I see what you're saying. I don't think Whiteside is garbage, but I think there is a real gap between him and Nurk when it comes to overall impact. Granted the +/- today doesn't show that and if that trend contined long enough, I'd have to reconsider.

    I think Nurk holds the advantage in: Post offense, high post passing, screen setting, defensive positioning, preventing uncontested shots, consistency, and maybe even defensive rebounding.

    Whiteside seems better at: Pure shot blocking and maybe offensive rebounding.

    I'd be fine with Whiteside coming off the bench for 16-20 minutes a game and at the price level, but I don't think he will be.
     
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  11. TBpup

    TBpup Writing Team

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    We have good guards.....they have good wings Advantage.....them.
     
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  12. BonesJones

    BonesJones We got shooters.

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    We have good bigs
    They have a good coach
     
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    THE HCP NorthEastPortland'sFinest

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    I’m working during the games you asshat. I can’t read the thread til I get home.
     
  14. perkinsfor3

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    Man, I would love to see us nab a Rashard Lewis-lite type of player. Marvin Williams, Cameron Johnson, etc. Ariza would be fine at a low price.

    If we draft around pick 14, we should have a chance to nab Aaron Neshmith. He's an incredible shooter, moves a lot, uses screens well, has decent size (6-6) and also has the tools to become a good defender (6-10 wingspan). Much shorter than the names I mentioned though.
     
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    I just got confirmation. Once the Blazers replaced Ariza with Jaylen Adams then Ariza became ineligible to play no matter what happens.

    The only way I could possibly see around that is if the Blazers try to claim Adams was a replacement for Swanigan instead of Ariza but I doubt the NBA would allow them to do that since Swanigan didn't officially opt out until after they signed Adams.
     
  16. B-Roy

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    Ariza would no doubt be playing 30+ MPG if he had opted for the bubble. His minutes coming at the expense of Mario, Gary and Melo.
     
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    Would be glad to see Mario out of the rotation.

    Maybe they would've cut Whitseide minutes and have Zach backup both PF/C from the bench. Basically what our next season roster will look like if Melo returns.
     
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    Blazers had an open roster spot when they signed Adams. He was signed to the #15 roster spot, making anything occurring with Ariza irrelevant.
     
  19. kjironman1

    kjironman1 Not a Good Dude!

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    So you are saying that he can quarantine and play with the team at a later date if he decides to?
     
  20. KSF-ERIC

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    Yes dude but you're going back to old posts and laughing at those people, something you may not have done during the game.
     

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